A Swallowtail Sampler

Butterflies are now starting to show up in greater abundance in the front yard.  Yesterday, every time I walked out the door, I saw a Tiger Swallowtail nipping nectar on the butterfly bush.

Like this beautiful male with his bold tiger stripes…

…and this lovely female, who is missing one of her tails, a fate that is common for this type of butterfly. You can tell she is a female because of the prominent band of blue she displays.

As a bonus, another female showed up, only this one is what is called a “Dark Morph”  variety. Female Tiger Swallowtails come in two different colors, yellow or bluish-black, both of which are a treat to behold.

Enjoying their beauty as they go from blossom to blossom is one of those simple pleasures in life.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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15 Responses to A Swallowtail Sampler

  1. Beautiful photos and informative post!

  2. Jill Kuhn says:

    I saw two Swallowtails the other day in my front yard, they made me pause… such beauty! Thanks Kathy for sharing your beautiful photos, I always enjoy them so much! 💕🦋

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    What a gift this morning, thank you Kathy. When I was a kid, we always had hundreds of Swallowtails in our trees.

  4. 1nmbirder says:

    Thanks for the summer swallowtail fix! 😁 beautiful captures!

  5. Leona Walker says:

    Loved the pictures and was very informative. Thank you

  6. Ann Fitzpatrick says:

    How lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  7. lindasschaub says:

    Beautiful butterflies Kathy – interesting that you said the Tiger Swallowtail often has pieces missing of the tail. I took some photos last year of one and never noticed until I uploaded them … large chunk of the tail missing, same place as your photo. Hopefully the tail doesn’t “catch” when it is flitting over such things as thistles and burrs as that is where I usually see them. That would tear the tail portion for sure.

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